Man rushed to hospital after shooting in northwest Oklahoma City, gunman on the run

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A man is in the hospital after a violent shooting in northwest Oklahoma City.

Residents and employees at businesses near the crime scene agreed the area needs to be cleaned up in order to feel safe again.

A police officer was on patrol when he heard the gun shots.

After searching the area, a police officer found 30-year-old Catrey Smith suffering from gunshot wounds in a yard close to N.W. 16th and Harvard.

The gunman was nowhere to be found.

"I just started praying about the situation, just for my safety and other peoples," said Lupe Martin, who works in the area.

Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, police said there was a confrontation between two men, which ended in a shooting.

Martin said she's used to always looking over her shoulder.

"What I do is I go into the parking lot and I drive around the place of business, just to make sure there's no one around the corners," said Martin.

 Patricia Riden lives close to where the victim was found.

She doesn't like hearing about shootings, especially when she enjoys the outdoors.

"I try to be aware of where I am and I don't walk in the dark, so that's what I try to do to keep myself safe," said Riden.

Riden thinks more patrols in the area will help keep the crime off the streets.

"I think there are drug places in this neighborhood that should be cleaned up because this used to be a really nice, safe neighborhood," said Riden.

"He watches over me," said Martin.

For Martin, she and her dog Tex will continue to be on guard.

"I'll just continue to watch my back when I come to work," said Martin.

Police are still working to track down leads.

The latest information we have on a suspect is a white adult male, possibly driving a red two-door pickup truck.

Smith is expected to make a full recovery.

If you have any information you’re asked to call CrimeStoppers at (405) 235-7300.

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